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EDUC 2110. Investigating Critical & Contemporary Issues in Education (3-1-3) This course engages students in observations, interactions, and analyses of critical and contemporary educational issues. Students will investigate issues influencing the social and political contexts of educational settings in Georgia and the United States. Students will actively examine the teaching profession from multiple vantage points both within and outside the school. Against this backdrop, students will reflect on and interpret the meaning of education and schooling in a diverse culture and examine the moral and ethical responsibilities of teaching in a democracy. (Course fee required.)

EDUC 2120. Exploring Socio-Cultural Contexts on Diversity in Educational Settings (3-0-3) Given the rapidly changing demographics in our state and country this course is designed to equip future teachers with the fundamental knowledge of understanding culture and teaching children from diverse backgrounds. Specifically, this course is designed to examine 1) the nature and function of culture; 2) the development of individual and group cultural identity; 3) definitions and implications of diversity, and 4) the influences of culture on learning, development, and pedagogy.

EDUC 2130. Exploring Learning and Teaching (2-2-3) Explore key aspects of learning and teaching through examining your own learning processes and those of others, with the goal of applying your knowledge to enhance the learning of all students in a variety of educational setting and contexts. (Course fee required.)

ISCI 2001. Life and Earth Science (2-2-3) Prerequisite: Completion of Area A Math and Area D with a "C" or better in each course. This course is designed as an inquiry-based science content overview for Early Childhood Education. Students will develop and demonstrate a basic understanding of fundamental principles of life and earth sciences correlated to nine themes included in the GPS: characteristics of life, biodiversity and heredity, energy flow, interdependence of life, cell structure and function, earth systems, the lithosphere, the hydrosphere, and the biosphere. (Course fee required.)

ISCI 2002. Physical Science (2-2-3) Prerequisite: Students must have completed all area D courses with a grade of "C" or better and have completed their area A math requirement with a grade of "C" or better. An inquiry-based, integrated lecture and lab course for Early-Childhood Education majors in physical science. Topics to be investigated include physical and chemical properties of matter, energy, motion, simple machines, light, optics, electricity, and magnetism. (Course fee required.)

MATH 2008. Foundations of Numbers and Operations (3-0-3) Prerequisites: Completion of any of the following courses with a grade of "C" or better: MATH 1001, MATH 1101, MATH 1111, MATH 1113, MATH 1125, or MATH 1131, and a declared major Education. An exploration of number systems (whole numbers, integers, rational numbers (fractions) and real numbers), the relationships between these systems. Understanding operations, including why standard computational algorithms work. Problem solving using multiple strategies and appropriate technology. This course will not count for mathematics minors or majors.